We spent two days in Paris
before taking the train to Rotterdam to begin our cruise. Our hotel was less than two hundred yards from the Eiffel Tower.
It's only when you are under the Eiffel
Tower that you realize just how huge it is.
There's lots of river boat traffic on the Seine. The river boat cruise is a very popular way to see the important sights in Paris. An all-day ticket allows you to hop on and hop off the boats. They stop at all the important places and they run every 10 minutes.
These are the spires of Notre Dame Cathedral as seen from a river boat. Other stops along the Seine include the Louvre, The Museum d'Orsay,
Trocadero, The Assemblee Nationale, Place de Concorde and the Tuileries.
The many bridges over the Seine are landmarks and each distinguished by its name and it's particular history.
The Louvre Museum surrounds this huge plaza.
The first port on our cruise was Le Havre
Just a few miles from Le Havre is the
picturesque fishing village of Honfleur
We arrived in Lisbon
at dawn passing under the bridge, Pont Vasco da Gama,
which crosses the Tegus River. Completed in 1998, it is the longest suspension bridge in Europe.
This larger than life statue commemorates the
first flight across the Atlantic to South
America by the Portuguese aviators Coutinho
and Cabral in 1922.
The Church of St. Rock, AIgreja de São Roque
, is an impressive 16th century structure.It has two grand organs, one on each side of the chancel.
The fortress, Castelo São Jorge
, occupies the
high ground overlooking Lisbon.
An exterior and an interior picture of the Royal Palace at Queluz.
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While in Cadiz, we chose to attend the Andalusian horse show at the Royal Equestrian School in the city of Jerez de Frontera about 20 miles inland from Cadiz.
The show was an impressive performance,
even from our cheap seats (17 euros).
They have an enforced "no photography"
The most famous iconic symbol of Barcelona is the church, Sagrada Familia. It has been under construction since 1882 and is optimistically expected to be completed in 2026. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi who died in 1926.
When completed the Sagrada Familia will have 18
spindle-shaped towers, twelve representing the
Apostles, four for the Evangelists, one for the Virgin
Mary and the tallest tower will represent Jesus
Christ. The design elements are complex and rich in